The Universal Design for Learning Implementation and Research Network (UDL-IRN) is a grassroots organization that supports the scaled implementation and research related to Universal Design for Learning. Through collaboration, we support and promote the identification and development of models, tools, research, and practices designed to foster effective UDL implementation in educational environments.   We encourage and welcome participation in these discussions. 

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The 2017 UDL-IRN Summit was a success!

To see the schedule of events, session presentations and handouts, and proceedings, visit the Summit website

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UDL Credentialing and certification initiative

The UDL-IRN is a lead partner with CAST and the UDL Task Force on the UDL Certification and Credentialing Initiative (UDLCCI). UDLCCI is focused on providing school districts and educational technology products the ability to demonstrate alignment to UDL. 

Technology and UDL:
Beyond the Controversy

Is technology central to the foundations of UDL? Can the UDL framework stand as a pedagogical framework without technology? How far into the margins can we reach without the use of digital technology to provide access for all? Join the UDL-IRN and a panel of UDL leaders as we debate these questions and more regarding the role of technology in UDL. 

Panel: Dr. James Basham, Associate Professor, University of Kansas, UDL-IRN CEO;  Matt Bergman, Learning Technologies Specialist, Milton Hershey School, Hershey, PA; Dr. Kathy Howery, Consultant, kATe Consulting, Alberta, Canada; Dr. Matt Marino, Associate Professor, University of Central Florida, UDL-IRN Leadership Team

Occurred May 24, 2017 8:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)  




Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a proactive approach that uses instructional design, strategies, and tools to support all learners. Explore these UDL-IRN resources to help implement UDL.  

You can also learn more at the National Center on UDL.   

Current information about UDL and ESSA

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the foundational education law in the United States. The law gives states more control over education and highlights the need for innovation. ESSA also mentions UDL multiple times as a core framework for guiding education and learning, including in supporting personalized learning. Download a two-page recommendation for states and districts on the implementation of UDL within ESSA.

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